The “Last Lion” of Abortion


The “Last Lion” of Abortion

Sen. John McCain responded to the news of Sen. Edward Kennedy’s brain tumor saying that Ted Kennedy was the “last lion of the Senate.” Nice words, but hollow. Clearly Kennedy has been a forty-year force to reckon with in the US Senate, but lionizing him for his headstrong political partisanship over four decades is a little like saying that sticking around for a long time and being opinionated qualifies as a “legacy.” That very record of anti-life advocacy is the measure by which his soul will be judged.While I pray for Sen. Kennedy’s recovery from a brain tumor, I pray more for his recovery from the cancerous metastasis of abortion ideology in his soul. Ironically, in the same years in which abortion has become less and less acceptable to the American public, it has become more and more of an obsession for Sen. Kennedy.
Prior to Roe v. Wade, Sen. Kennedy had actually held a pro-life view of the sanctity of life. In a letter to a constituent he said,
“While the deep concern of a woman bearing an unwanted child merits consideration and sympathy, it is my personal feeling that the legalization of abortion on demand is not in accordance with the value which our civilization places on human life. Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized – the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old.”
However, post-Roe, Kennedy’s record of recognizing the “value which our civilization places on life” has been, shall we say, less than stellar. In fact, he has a 0% record of voting in favor of life, and there is not one life-related issue in which his vote reflects a concern for the weakest members of our society, let alone the concern that his supposed Catholic faith places on them. Senator Kennedy is rated 100% by NARAL for his pro-choice voting record.
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning.
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions.
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions.
  • Voted NO on criminal penalties for harming an unborn child during the commission of another crime.
  • Voted NO on maintaining the ban on military base abortions.
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines.
  • Voted YES on $100 million to “reduce teen pregnancy” by hedonistic sex education programs and contraceptives.
  • Is a sponsor of pending radical legislation in the Senate to promote special protections for homosexuals in the workplace.
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In other words, Kennedy has spent the better part of his long political career promoting the forces that kill and maim and destroy all the things that we hold sacred. What a shocking example of public service for a man who purports to call himself Catholic.
A month to the day after illicitly receiving Communion at the Mass of the Vicar of Christ in our nation’s capital, Sen. Kennedy seems to have been given a real wake up call. When all moral voices go unheeded, the prospect of death tends to focus the mind on the truth. Let us all pray for his conversion from a career of abortion advocacy, for his enlightenment and for a peaceful death, something denied to all aborted babies in this country.




Sincerely Yours in Christ,Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President, Human Life International

Book Selection: How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization



From the role of the monks to art and architecture, from the university to Western law, from science to charitable work, from international law to economics, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization delves into just how indebted we are as a civilization to the Catholic Church, whether we realize it or not.

By far the book’s longest chapter is “The Church and Science.” We have all heard a great deal about the Church’s alleged hostility toward science. What most people fail to realize is that historians of science have spent the past half-century drastically revising this conventional wisdom, arguing that the Church’s role in the development of Western science was far more salutary than previously thought. I am speaking not about Catholic apologists but about serious and important scholars of the history of science such as J.L. Heilbron, A.C. Crombie, David Lindberg, Edward Grant, and Thomas Goldstein.

It is all very well to point out that important scientists, like Louis Pasteur, have been Catholic. More revealing is how many priests have distinguished themselves in the sciences. It turns out, for instance, that the first person to measure the rate of acceleration of a freely falling body was Fr. Giambattista Riccioli. The man who has been called the father of Egyptology was Fr. Athanasius Kircher (also called “master of a hundred arts” for the breadth of his knowledge). Fr. Roger Boscovich, who has been described as “the greatest genius that Yugoslavia ever produced,” has often been called the father of modern atomic theory.

In the sciences it was the Jesuits in particular who distinguished themselves; some 35 craters on the moon, in fact, are named after Jesuit scientists and mathematicians …

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Fordham University Research Site 


Our Lady of Peace in Darien, IL – SummerFest – Friday June 20th

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A Vice-President For Abortion

May 26, 2008


A Vice-President For Abortion

By Robert Novak


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, whose Roman Catholic archdiocese covers northeast Kansas, on May 9 called on Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to stop taking Communion until she disowns her support for the “serious moral evil” of abortion. That put the church in conflict with a rising star of the Democratic Party, often described as a “moderate” and perhaps the leading prospect to become Barack Obama’s vice presidential running mate.
Naumann also took Sebelius to task for her veto April 21 of a bill, passed two to one by both houses of the Kansas Legislature, which would strengthen the state’s ban on late-term abortions by authorizing private lawsuits against providers. That followed by a year her veto of a bill requiring explicit medical reasons for a late abortion, which was preceded by vetoing other abortion legislation in 2006, 2005 and 2003.
Those positions are necessary for Democratic politicians to pass their party’s pro-choice litmus test, but Sebelius’ connection with abortion is more intimate. She is allied with the aggressive Kansas branch of Planned Parenthood in a bitter struggle with anti-abortion activist District Attorney Phill Kline. There is substantial evidence she has been involved in laundering abortion industry money for distribution to Kansas Democrats. Kansas is the fiercest state battleground for abortion wars, making Kathleen Sebelius the national pro-choice poster girl.
The Almanac of American Politics talks of a “moderate image” for Sebelius, daughter of former Ohio Gov. John Gilligan. She picked up substantial Republican support in an easy 2002 win for governor and, after naming a former Republican state chairman as her running mate, was re-elected in a 2006 landslide. Chosen this year to deliver the Democratic response to President Bush’s State of the Union Address, she told the nation, “In this time normally reserved for the partisan response, I hope to offer you something more: an American response.” She gave the impression of reaching out across party lines in what was widely regarded as an audition for vice president as a Democrat able to carry a heavily Republican state.
Behind that facade, Sebelius sits at the apex of a complicated Kansas financing system involving the famous abortion provider Dr. George Tiller of Wichita. She controls Bluestem Fund PAC, distributing money to Kansas Democratic candidates. Tiller, one of the few American doctors still performing late-term abortions, contributed $120,000 to the Democratic Governors Association in 2006, which has given $200,000 to Bluestem.
In 2006, Sebelius recruited Paul Morrison, then the Republican district attorney of Johnson County, to run as a Democrat against Republican Kline’s attempted re-election as attorney general. Morrison, financed by Tiller’s ProKanDo PAC, outspent Kline and swamped him at the polls. But Kline then replaced Morrison as district attorney and promptly filed 107 charges against Planned Parenthood, including alleged “unlawful late-term abortions.”
That triggered a ferocious continuing legal battle in which Sebelius appointees, both judicial and executive, have sabotaged Kline’s efforts, with the Kansas Supreme Court barring a key witness from testifying. The confrontation continues even though Morrison resigned after the revelation last December of a two-year illicit affair. District Judge Stephen Six, Sebelius’ new appointment as attorney general, has joined the lawsuit against Kline that had been led by Morrison.
In her 2006 abortion veto statement, Sebelius declared: “My Catholic faith teaches me that life is sacred. Personally, I believe abortion is wrong.” Yet, a year later, Sebelius invited Tiller and his staff to a party at the governor’s mansion. She thanked Tiller for his generosity in financing her election and Morrison’s. In May 2007, Sebelius was featured at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Kansas City, Mo.
Obama, while asserting “nobody is pro-abortion,” has said that if his two daughters “make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.” Would Sebelius, as an avowed Catholic, change her running mate’s worldview that considers a baby to be a punishment? When Archbishop Naumann told the Kansas City Star this month that Sebelius must confess “scandalous behavior that has misled people into dangerous behavior,” the governor’s spokeswoman responded that “receiving Communion has not been a problem in the past for her.” An answer came from Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, on his Website last week, by reproving “verbal gymnastics, good alibis and pious talk about ‘personal opposition’ to killing unborn children.”
Submitted by Fr. Gene Koprowski, Missionaries of the Evangelium Vitae (MEV)
Link to Priests For Life

Christians, do you believe what scripture says or man’s traditions?

Q: Christians, do you believe what scripture says or man’s traditions?

Then why do roman catholics believe in their traditions more than actual scripture?
A: The Bible is merely a subset of Catholic Sacred Tradition reduced to writing, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Protestants don’t understand this because they have yet to come up with any authentic, truthful, and complete theology of their own … mainly because they refuse to accept all the divine truths that Jesus entrusted to the Catholic Church alone.

Once you reject the bulk of God’s truth, the best you can hope for is a little smidgen of it, here and there.

The Protestant faith traditions attempt to make the most of those little smidgens of truth by splitting them up 50,000 different ways, and calling them “denominations”.

All that results is a modern day Tower of Babel.

Is it possible to be a Catholic and a homosexual?

Q: I am a Catholic! I am a Homosexual! Is That Possible?

I’m born and raised catholic. I have attended catholic schools for the last 14 years of my life. I attended a Catholic all boys school and was openly gay. And yet….I haven’t been struck down. I even got on well with the Chaplin. Just wondered what you all think about it. Is it possible?
A: If you’re telling the truth, you ought to get to confession often, avoid any type of live-in relationship, and not get too smug about your present situation.

You should also have a strategy in place for someday giving up “the life” and making complete peace with God before you die … hopefully at a ripe old age.

That’s about the best you can hope for, since all unmarried Catholics are expected to remain chaste, under pain of mortal sin.

Malachi 3:3: ‘He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.’

Malachi 3:3: ‘He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.’

This verse puzzled some women
in a Bible study and they
wondered what this statement
meant about the character and
nature of God.

One of the women offered to
find out the process of refining
silver and get back to the group
at their next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an
appointment to watch him at
work. She didn’t mention
anything about the reason for
her interest beyond her curiosity
about the process of refining
As she watched the silversmith,
he held a piece of silver over
the fire and let it heat up. He
explained that in refining silver,
one needed to hold the silver in
the middle of the fire where
the flames were hottest as to
burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot;
then she thought again about
the verse that says: ‘He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.’
She asked the silversmith if it
was true that he had to sit there
in front of the fire the whole
The man answered that yes, he
not only had to sit there holding
the silver, but he had to keep
his eyes on the silver the entire
time it was in the fire. If the silver
was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.
The woman was silent for a
moment. Then she asked the silversmith,
‘How do you know
when the silver is fully refined?’

He smiled at her and answered,
‘Oh, that’s easy — when I see
my image in it.’
If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

Submitted by Ken K.

How bad is it if you skip sunday masses?

Q: How bad is it if you skip sunday masses?

A: It’s a lot like failing to show up in court.

You run the risk of being found “guilty” by default.

Go to confession. Then start going to Mass EVERY Sunday.

It’s not hard to do.

Here you go Doug – I’m very interested to hear by what means are you saved.

This is a follow up to the earlier post on Catholics and the Eucharist:

Q: Here you go Doug – I’m very interested to hear by what means are you saved.
is it your association with the Catholic Church …
is it the completion of the sacraments …
is it the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross …
or some other means?

A: I’m “saved” by God’s total self-giving for my salvation, and by my personal decision to cooperate with him, his grace, and his plan.

God’s plan for our salvation obviously includes the following:

First and most essentially,  Jesus the Messiah, and all his great works …

Next, the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church which Jesus personally founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed, for the purpose of our salvation …

Next, the sacraments of the Church, which were instituted by Jesus Christ to give grace …

And finally, the faith and the works of all the People of God, who remain part of the mystical body of Christ, of which Jesus remains the head.

There typically is no other way. (And please note that Jesus is first and foremost in each of the above.)

Click here for a study of salvation, searching the Catholic Catechism

Catholics and the Holy Eucharist

Catholics and the Holy Eucharist

A few days back, I responded to a comment made by a protestant fellow who complained about people who go to Church on Sunday, yet don’t seem to follow through during the rest of the week.

“How can they possibly ‘know’ God, if they don’t follow him, 7 days a week?”

Knowing full well what my friend actually meant, I couldn’t help responding that Catholics who regularly attend Mass and receive Holy Communion “know” God better than any protestant ever could, simply because they regularly receive the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ in the most intimate and personal manner possible … and it doesn’t get any better than that, this side of heaven.

Of course, I got an email from him that basically said, “You mean to tell me that a Catholic who regularly receives communion is likely to fare better than somebody like Billy Graham, who studies the Bible all the time and preaches all around the world?

( … And all this time I though protestants didn’t believe in salvation by works! … )

My reply went something like this:

The eucharist IS Jesus. Jesus IS the eucharist.

The eternal one who is enthroned at the right hand of the Father in heaven is the same one who is tabernacled in my flesh, and who indwells my immortal soul.

Anybody who attempts to live a fully Christian life without properly covering both of these human dimensions is going to have a real tough time of it.

Catholics know this, because Jesus in the eucharist is the source and the very center of our existence.

Meanwhile, you protestant guys are out there thumping Bibles to 50,000 different tunes, while relying on a symbolic form of purely spiritual communion.

The two are only very remotely comparable.

Until Jesus comes again in glory at the end of the age, the authentic holy eucharist (not mere crackers and grape juice) constitutes the closest and most intimate relationship with God that any living human can have.

That’s where the real power is.

That’s the true test of faith.

Jesus said so … and the double “amen” means he wasn’t kidding.

John 6:53  Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you: except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you.
John 6:54  He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.
John 6:55  For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed.
John 6:56  He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me: and I in him.
John 6:57  As the living Father hath sent me and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me.

Link to a study of the Eucharist in the Catholic Catechism

Purgatory. Help?

Q: Purgatory. Help?

You have to be cleansed to go to Heaven from Purgatory. What do we mean by ‘Cleansed?’

A: Unfortunately, many (some/most?) of us will die still “attached” in some way to our favorite, habitual sins, but none-the-less we will remain faithful friends of God, and members of the Church.

In that condition, we aren’t quite ready for heaven, but we don’t warrant an eternity in hell.

Hence … purgatory.

Purgation is a process where those “attachments” are eliminated, after which we are admitted to heaven.

All this is accomplished only by the grace that Jesus obtained for us on the cross, so the problems our protestant bretheren have with purgatory are based more on anti-Catholic sentiment than on any theological issue.

Denver Prelate Addresses Obama’s Catholic Fans

Denver Prelate Addresses Obama’s Catholic Fans

Archbishop Charles Chaput Says Voters

Need to Be Ready to Meet Abortion Victims in Next Life

DENVER, Colorado, MAY 20, 2008 ( The archbishop of Denver is wishing the group “Roman Catholics for Obama” good luck in their endeavors to change their presidential candidate’s position on abortion. He says they’ll need it.

Archbishop Charles Chaput dedicated Monday’s column in the Denver Catholic Register to “Thoughts on ‘Roman Catholics for Obama.'”

He began his reflection noting his own change in attitude regarding pro-abortion politicians.

“Forty years ago this month Bobby Kennedy was still alive and running for the Democratic Party’s 1968 presidential nomination,” Archbishop Chaput recalled. “I was a seminarian in Washington, D.C. I was also an active volunteer on Kennedy’s campaign. […] After RFK [was assassinated], the meaning of the 1968 election seemed to evaporate. I lost interest in politics.

“I didn’t get involved again until the rise of Jimmy Carter. Carter fascinated me because he seemed like an untypical politician. He was plain-spoken, honest, a serious Christian and a Washington outsider. So I supported him during his 1976 campaign when I was a young priest working in Pennsylvania. […] Carter had one serious strike against him. […] I knew Carter was wrong in his views about Roe v. Wade and soft toward permissive abortion.

“But even as a priest, I justified working for him because he wasn’t aggressively ‘pro-choice.’ True, he held a bad position on a vital issue, but I believed he was right on so many more of the ‘Catholic’ issues than his opponent seemed to be. The moral calculus looked easy. I thought we could remedy the abortion problem after Carter was safely returned to office.”

Stymied efforts

Archbishop Chaput recounted how his outlook on the abortion issue in politics began to change.

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Biblical Mystery: What Is Gopher Wood?

Q: The Bible says that Noah built the Ark out of gopher wood. What IS gopher wood?

A: I’m not sure anyone really knows, since the Ark has never been found.

There is an ancient story that goes something like this:

God finished explaining the plans for the Ark to Noah.

Noah looked around for his sons, who would be his chief helpers on the project.

Then Noah said to them, “Go fer wood!”

The rest is history. 

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Lots of good Catholic stuff there, but keep your wits about you.

There’s some personal opinion, especially by some of the columnists, that only masquerades as authentically Catholic … but that’s sometimes unavoidable with commentary.

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What Do you think About Jesus??

Q: What Do you think About Jesus??

Do you think he was God or man?

Source: Atheist

A: Both.

Source: God

Pope Benedict on the Feast of the Assumption

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In his great work “De Civitate Dei,” St Augustine says once that the whole of human history, the history of the world, is a struggle between two loves: love of God to the point of losing oneself, of total self-giving, and love of oneself to the point of despising God, of hating others. This same interpretation of history as a struggle between two loves, between love and selfishness, also appears in the reading from the Book of Revelation that we have just heard.

Here, these two loves appear in two great figures. First of all, there is the immensely strong, red dragon with a striking and disturbing manifestation of power without grace, without love, of absolute selfishness, terror and violence.

At the time when St John wrote the Book of Revelation, this dragon represented for him the power of the anti-Christian Roman Emperors, from Nero to Domitian. This power seemed boundless; the military, political and propagandist power of the Roman Empire was such that before it, faith, the Church, appeared as a defenceless woman with no chance of survival and even less of victory.

Who could stand up to this omnipresent force that seemed capable of achieving everything? Yet, we know that in the end it was the defenceless woman who won and not egoism or hatred; the love of God triumphed and the Roman Empire was opened to the Christian faith.

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Catholics, please answer me? Confession:

Q: Catholics, please answer me?

I’m female. Long time ago I had a sexual relationship with another woman.

Should I go to confess it to a priest?  My life has changed this time I want to be a good christian a good catholic?

Please don’t judge me.


A: It’s always a good idea to confess every serious sin, no matter how long ago it might have been committed.

Voluntary confession, accompanied by a firm intention to repent, means that God does not have to find you guilty of your sins, and it generally eliminates any need for divine judgment.

The sacrament of reconciliation also effectively replaces any grace that might have been lost, as a result of that sin.

Properly and consistently done, that’s as close to a “free ticket to heaven” as anyone is ever likely to get … courtesy of Jesus Christ, and the only Church he ever founded, for the purpose of our salvation … the Catholic Church.

Is it the same God?

Q: Is it the same God?

Would you say Christians worship the same God as Jews, and Muslims?
If no, why?
I think it’s all the same God, just different ways to worship.
This is not a question of who is right or wrong.

A: From the official Catechism of the Catholic Church:

The Church and non-Christians

839 “Those who have not yet received the Gospel are related to the People of God in various ways.”325

The relationship of the Church with the Jewish People. When she delves into her own mystery, the Church, the People of God in the New Covenant, discovers her link with the Jewish People,326 “the first to hear the Word of God.”327 The Jewish faith, unlike other non-Christian religions, is already a response to God’s revelation in the Old Covenant. To the Jews “belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ”,328 “for the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”329

840 And when one considers the future, God’s People of the Old Covenant and the new People of God tend towards similar goals: expectation of the coming (or the return) of the Messiah. But one awaits the return of the Messiah who died and rose from the dead and is recognized as Lord and Son of God; the other awaits the coming of a Messiah, whose features remain hidden till the end of time; and the latter waiting is accompanied by the drama of not knowing or of misunderstanding Christ Jesus.

841 The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”330

842 The Church’s bond with non-Christian religions is in the first place the common origin and end of the human race:

All nations form but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created to people the entire earth, and also because all share a common destiny, namely God. His providence, evident goodness, and saving designs extend to all against the day when the elect are gathered together in the holy city. . .331

The bible said to honor thy father and thy mother, but why did Jesus address his mother only as “woman”?

Q: The bible said to honor thy father and thy mother, but why did Jesus address his mother only as “woman”?

A: God said “women” at the Wedding of Cana, and He said “woman” while dying on the cross. The beginning and the end of his of His earthly ministry.

God said “woman” in Genesis 3:15, and He said “woman” in Rev. 12: >> The only two places in scripture where you have a woman and a serpent in the same verse. Genesis and Revelation, the beginning and the end of the Bible.

“Woman” is a two fold title. Culturally, it was an honorary term at that time, not a derogatory one as in 21st white Anglo-Saxon American culture.

There are other biblical references that uses “woman” as they refer to Mary.

Rev 12:15 The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the **woman**, to sweep her away with the flood. 16 But the earth came to the help of the **woman**, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river which the dragon had poured from his mouth.
17 Then the dragon was angry with the **woman**, and went off to make war ON THE REST OF HER OFFSPRING, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea..

Who could these OFFSPRING be? Ever commentator worth his salt will tell you that these offspring are the Church. How did the Blessed Virgin Mom become the Mother of the Church?

John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, **Woman**, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

The experiences of the “Beloved Disciple” (BD) were the focus of John’s Gospel. He is an ‘everyman’ character. St. John’s Gospel is told in such a way that the reader can identify himself with the BD and is meant to see the story of Jesus from the BD’s perspective. Whatever is addressed to the BD is addressed to the reader.

So we have established that:
1) Mary is the Mother of Jesus
2) Whose children are the Church that keeps the commandments AND honors her Son
3) Who himself explicitly designated her as the Mother of his disciples.

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Question for Christians: What did Jesus mean by this?

Q: Question for Christians: What did Jesus mean by this?

Luke 17:20 The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them, “People can’t observe the coming of the kingdom of God.
Luke 17:21 They can’t say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ You see, the kingdom of God is within you.”

If you are a Christian and are waiting for Jesus to suddenly appear in the clouds why so if he stated clearly that the Kingdom would not come in such a way to be seen?

More importantly what do you think he means that the Kingdom of God is within us?


A: The Kingdom of God exists anytime and anywhere the Holy Spirit accepts an invitation to indwell a human soul.

When Jesus returns, the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God will merge, for eternity … and then God will be all in all.